WILLISTON, N.D. – Reintroduced in 2014, the Community Christmas Tree is a holiday tradition enjoyed by all ages, from the moving process to the accompanied lighting ceremony.
While there will not be a tree lighting ceremony this year due to COVID-19, the tree will be lit by Friday, November 27 and a registered stop on the Holiday Lights Tour.
In addition, the City of Williston invites the community to participate in the first Community Christmas Tree Ornament Contest!
Individuals are encouraged to get creative and make their best ornament to hang on the tree for a chance to win a prize pack.
The contest is open to all ages with the following age groups:
- Under 6
Beginning Monday, November 30, individuals can place their homemade ornaments on the tree located on the corner of 26th Street East. Contest participants have until Friday, December 4 to place their ornaments.
To successfully enter the contest, individuals must:
- Take a picture of their ornament on the Community Christmas Tree OR a picture of them placing their ornament on the Community Christmas Tree
- Submit pictures via Facebook Messenger to the City of Williston (@cityofwilliston) OR the Williston Community Library (@willistoncommunitylibrary) OR email to email@example.com
- Include their name and age AND a name for the ornament
- Place their ornament by Friday, December 4
Two winners from each age group will be selected on Monday, December 7. All submissions will be showcased on the City of Williston Facebook and Instagram pages.
Individuals are reminded that ornaments will be out in the elements, but a future timeframe will be provided for those who would like to retrieve their ornaments, if desired. The Community Christmas Tree will stay up until early January 2021.
Individuals are also invited to place ornaments on the tree without participating in the ornament contest.
A Colorado Blue Spruce from the corner of 9th Street East and 3rd Avenue East, this year’s tree is the largest in the last six years and was donated by Tiffany and Jason Brevik.
Tiffany Brevik expressed excitement and gratitude at finally seeing the tree removed.
“We’ve been trying to donate the tree for the past three years,” admitted Brevik. “It’s an old tree that we didn’t want to fall in on the house, so I’m super excited.”
Brevik added that they would document the entire process and make a photo album to keep with the house at 307 9th Street East.
“The house is from the 1950s and we are trying to keep it as original as possible while updating,” explained Brevik. “The album, alongside the original contract, will stay with the house.”
The moving process began at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18 and progressed the rest of the day.
At 88-feet and 24,000 pounds, the tree was downsized by about 20-feet to ensure stability in its holder on the corner of 26th Street East.
This project was made possible by Dacotah West Crane Service, 11 Bravo Property Services, LLC., and City of Williston Public Works.
Drone footage was provided by Alliance Consulting.
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